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Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

If you have blurry vision and thin corneas, you may not qualify for LASIK.

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is an effective alternative that produces quality results similar to LASIK.

See for yourself how the doctors at Cornea Associates of Texas expertly perform PRK for patients in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Plano, TX. 

How Does PRK Compare to LASIK? Differences in Treatment

Both PRK and LASIK are laser eye surgeries that correct refractive errors. Most patients can see clearly without contact lenses or glasses after undergoing either of the laser vision correction surgeries.


During a photorefractive keratectomy, an excimer laser is used to remove the outermost layer of the cornea, called the epithelium. Our eye surgeon then reshapes the remaining corneal tissue. A protective contact lens is placed in the eye to help with epithelial healing. The contact lens is removed a few days after the procedure and the epithelial layer will continue to grow back. This surgery takes longer to recover from than LASIK but provides similar vision correction results. PRK is a great alternative for patients who do not qualify for LASIK. 



​In this refractive surgery, our doctors create a flap in the outermost layer of the cornea. This corneal flap is peeled back, allowing the laser to reshape the cornea. The corneal flap is closed after the procedure, eliminating the need for sutures. In the weeks following this laser eye surgery, the corneal flap remains close and heals independently. Since the entire cornea is not removed, patients recover faster from LASIK than they recover from PRK. 

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Would You Like to Improve Your Vision? 

Contact Cornea Associates of Texas Today

Our experienced surgeons can diagnose your eyes and determine if you're a candidate for PRK or LASIK. Our cornea experts in Dallas, TX, offer free consultations for patients who want to learn more about their eye health and the options they have to correct their vision. We offer financing and accept all major credit cards. 

With additional locations in Plano and Fort Worth, Cornea Associates of Texas serves patients in the greater Dallas area. People from Irving, University Park, Highland Park, and the surrounding area trust our doctors to correct their eyes through surgical and nonsurgical treatments.

Contact our centers through our website or call:

(214) 949-4517

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Fort Worth, TX


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Dr. Zaffos changed my life!! It was getting to the point I could barely see. My treatment is not yet over. My left eye has an amazing recovery! I'm sure my right will be as successful. They are so professional and caring. May GOD continue to bless Dr. Zaffos's hands that he may continue such wonderful healing. I Would recommend him to anyone who needs eye care.

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Dallas, TX


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PRK Treatment 

After a consultation at our Plano, Fort Worth, or Dallas, TX, offices, our eye doctors will determine if you're a candidate for LASIK or PRK. If you're approved for PRK surgery, here's what to expect:


Anesthetic eye drops will be applied to numb your eyes. This should prevent or greatly reduce any pain you feel during the surgery. 

Placing the Speculum

A speculum and suction ring will be used to keep your eyes open during the procedure. 

Accessing the Cornea

Our eye surgeon will remove the epithelial layer of the cornea in order to access the underlying corneal tissue.

Reshaping the Cornea

An excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea and correct your refractive error.

Healing Contact Lens 

A healing contact is placed on the eye after using the excimer laser. The healing contact is worn for several days after the surgery, promoting corneal healing. 
Cornea Associates of Texas has locations in Plano, Fort Worth, and Dallas. Our eye specialists serve people all over North Texas, including University Park, Highland Park, and Garland.

Recovering from the PRK Procedure How to Protect Your Eyes After Treatment

During your recovery time, it is important that you follow the directions given to you by your eye doctor. Patients can expect similar instructions after their eye surgery:

Avoid Touching Your Eyes

You may experience itchy or dry eyes after your procedure. Touching your eyes can cause infections and other complications. 

Protect Your Eyes

Patients should avoid sunlight and bright light so they don't squint or strain their eyes. Wear sunglasses when outside and protective eyewear to avoid eye injury. 

No Swimming

Pools, hot tubs, and bodies of water can cause infection during the healing process.

No Strenuous Exercise

Physical activity should be at a minimum for the first few days after your surgery. Contact sports should be suspended for a few weeks as well. 

Use Prescription Eye Drops

Dry eyes can be difficult to deal with after your treatment. Eye drops will help the healing process and keep your eyes lubricated. 

While some patients may notice an immediate change in their vision after PRK surgery, it can take up to six months for your eyes to completely stabilize. Most patients can resume daily activities within 24 hours of their PRK surgery. 

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Dallas, TX


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Dallas, TX


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Eye doctors at Cornea Associates of Texas

Cornea Associates of Texas

Cornea Associates of Texas provides superior eye care from offices in Plano, Fort Worth, and Dallas, TX. Our doctors perform many surgical procedures, including LASIK surgery, PRK surgery, EVO ICL and cataract surgery. Our doctors are affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The American Medical Association
  • The American Board of Ophthalmology
  • The International Society of Refractive Surgery

To schedule a consultation with our team, please fill out our online form or call (214) 692-0146.

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